Renato 'Babalu' Sobral

oRenato Sobral is the retired former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion and he has also been a challenger for the UFC light-heavyweight title versus Chuck Liddell. He is best known for his excessive anaconda choking of David Heath even after referee Steve Mazzagatti had stopped the bout, and for this he was cut from the UFC, never to return to its roster.

He most recently faced off against knockout artist Robbie Lawler at a 195-pound catchweight. Sobral won via a razor-thin unanimous decision.

He has speculated facing off against Dan Henderson in a rematch of their bout from ten years before. A little less than three months after he announced it after his fight with Lawler, the fight was confirmed. Henderson knocked out Sobral in the first round brutally to earn a title shot.

Sobral took some time off from MMA. He was most recently rumored to be making his Bellator debut at light-heavyweight against the promotion's current middleweight champion, Hector Lombard. The fight never seemed to materialize, unfortunately.

Sobral next signed with the promising Korean One FC promotion. He was next set to make his debut against fellow newcomer and Strikeforce veteran Melvin Manhoef. That fight never seemed to materialize, either.

Sobral next signed to face former Canadian ice hockey player Steve Bosse. That fight... well you guessed it, it didn't happen.

Sobral next signed to make his ONE FC debut against Dream veteran and fellow newcomer Tatsuya Mizuno, defeating Mizuno within thirty seconds via armbar submission.

Sobral next made his Bellator debut in the quarterfinals of the Bellator Season 8 LHW tournament losing to Mikhail Zayats via knockout near the end of the first round.

Sobral next fought Jacob Noe in the semifinals of the summer series tournament. Noe defeated Sobral via a controversial third round TKO and Sobral retired in the Bellator cage in an emotional scene afterwards.


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